The Enough Moment by John Prendergast with Don Cheadle

Three of the most horrible scourges facing humanity are genocide (the destruction of people based on their identity), rape as a war weapon (the deliberate destruction of women through targeted sexual violence), and child slavery (children who are forcibly recruited to become killing machines or sex slaves).

All three seem overwhelming and intractable, but the reality is that there are specific and concrete solutions that can be implemented, if only there were the political and popular will to do so.

Help is indeed on the way. In the last five years, a growing people’s movement has been born in the United States and other countries to stop the genocide in Darfur. Similarly, there are rapidly expanding international efforts to protect and empower the women of Eastern Congo, who are subject to sexual violence more extreme than anywhere else in the world, as well as the children of Central Africa (the Invisible Children), who have experienced the highest abduction rates in the world at the hands of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group. (more…)

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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui

by Nicole Sprinkle, The Crown Publishing Group

I Am Nujood: Age 10 and Divorced is a very special little book—as the title certainly alludes. Forced by her father to marry a man three times her senior at an age far below the legal one, this brave young Yemeni girl fled her new “home” with just a few coins in her pocket, and headed to the courthouse in the capital. Her mission: to petition for a divorce. With the help of a trailblazing female lawyer, she won—and her extraordinary case has raised awareness throughout the Middle East about antiquated customs and even helped change the law.

Her story is perfect for high school reading on so many levels. It’s written by Nujood herself—her voice is one of youth that teens will easily relate to. It’s also a book that introduces important and timely cultural and political issues in an accessible way. (more…)